Part 2: Power of the Avatar- A Second Life

Studies have demonstrated that interactions between humans while they are embodied in avatars have distinct psychological implications both…

Part 1: Power of the Avatar- Origins and Psychology

Imagine a time when most people couldn’t read, and the easiest way to communicate to the lower classes was by using images, which was how…

The Perils of Participation: how we pay for online existence with our privacy

The fruits of our participation don’t really benefit us directly (unless you are really into targeted advertising) and are shared widely,…

Data of the Dead: What Happens to Our Data After We Die?

What happens to the data you leave behind? And who are the gatekeepers to your internet afterlife?

Part 2: (Bot)ched Communication- What Do We Want From Bots?

The AI has been endowed with an offline consciousness to prevent outside influence, but displays a yearning to be a “person”. This violates…

Part 1: (Bot)ched communication- Why aren’t bots taking over the internet?

Even with the many possible uses and grandiose ideas for bots, people don’t seem to be all that into using them yet. Why is this?

The SciFi of Now and What It Reveals About Us

The genre of sci-fi has a special way of being able to mirror our current anxieties back at us through the filter of entertainment, and…

Technological Predictions of the Future-Past

The need to see each other in real-time while communicating over great stretches of physical distance has always been in our collective…